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CIMBA Italy Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer


Pieve del Grappa, Italy




- Good academic and disciplinary standing at home university

- Minimum sophomore status required

- Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Due:

See the CIMBA website

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

CIMBA Campus

CIMBA offers a semester or summer program in Italy for undergraduate students. Courses are available in the following subject areas during the semester program: accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management and organizations, communication studies, and general education courses.

During the summer session, courses in the following subject areas are offered: beginning Italian, engineering, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management and organizations, and communication studies. Students and faculty are drawn primarily from Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS) member schools; the membership includes more than 30 U.S. public universities.

Students participating in pizza making class.

In addition to coursework, students on the CIMBA program gain meaningful international experience through interaction with the local culture and visits to area businesses. Some of the additional activities that students will have the opportunity to participate in are: formal dinners, intramural sports, pizza and pasta making, excursions to nearby towns, and much more.

The University of Iowa is the credit-granting institution for CIMBA. Students receive University of Iowa credit for courses completed as part of this program.

Academic Program

Students in classroom.

Semester participants can take 12-18 credits and Summer session students take 6 credits. Courses are taught in English and emphasize current international events. Program professors, selected from the Consortium’s member universities, are recognized for their experience and excellence in teaching, research, and executive education. For a list of the courses offered, click here.

For More Information

Visit the CIMBA office, located in the Pappajohn Business Building, Suite C300, call 319-335-0920, or email for more information. To learn more go to:

View of campus at night

The CIMBA undergraduate campus is located in a quaint Italian town, Pieve del Grappa.

Pieve del Grappa is located at the foot of the Dolomite Mountains in the northern Veneto region of Italy. The Veneto is known around the world for its entrepreneurial spirit, making it the perfect place to study business and communications. With only 5 million inhabitants, the region boasts more than 450,000 companies, most of which are small and medium-sized; these companies account for nearly 20 percent of Italian exports.

Bassano, city near campus

The campus offers students the cultural experience of living in a small Italian community while providing access to the celebrated art and historical treasures of the Veneto region. Pieve del Grappa is also just 50 miles northwest of Venice, making for an easy day-trip to one of the most famous cities in all of Italy.

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Living Arrangements

View of the mountains from the dorms.

The CIMBA program is located on the campus of the Istituto Filipin, a private Italian boarding school. The program offers a full-service campus complete with dorms, cafeteria, workout facilities, library, computer lab, on-campus nurse, laundry, and much more! The dorms are only a 2-minute walk upstairs from all of your classes.


Participants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at their home institution and have a minimum of 2.5 GPA. They also must have sophomore status and/or have completed the required prerequisites. In addition, participants must have a valid passport and non-U.S. citizens must have an Italian visa.



• Tuition (summer: 6 credits, semester: up to 18 credits)

• Double occupancy room in on-campus residence hall

• Meal package (3 meals daily)

• Textbook rental

• Housekeeping, linens and towels

• Laundry

• Gourmet Italian meals at a fine-dining restaurant

• Semester leadership development programs and certifications

The CIMBA program offers both need- and merit-based financial awards for qualifying students. Program costs are based on projected Euro exchange rates and are subject to change. Airfare, travel in Europe, and personal expenses are not included in the program cost. A study abroad fee of $400 is charged on the U-Bill of University of Iowa students registered for this study abroad program. Other universities may also charge a study abroad fee, so students should check with their home institutions.

To see the program web page for details about program cost, click here.

How to Apply

To apply, visit CIMBA's website. Students are encouraged to apply by the program’s preferred date. Regularly enrolled degree-seeking University of Iowa students must have their CIMBA applications signed by the CIMBA advisor in the Study Abroad office prior to submitting the application to CIMBA. Please call 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment. The application can be found on the CIMBA website. Students not regularly enrolled at the University of Iowa should visit the CIMBA website for application instructions.

Some videos and photos may be available on CIMBA's student blog site.

Students at Cinque Terre
Students in San Marco's Square in Venice
CIMBA students come from across the United States
Campus RAs enjoy a gondola ride during their training week